Irabu has had a troubled post-baseball career, AP noted. He was arrested in Gardena, Cal. last year for drunk driving. In 2008, he was arrested for assaulting a bar manager in Japan after allegedly drinking 20 glasses of beer.
His death appears to be a sad end to a troubled life.
Irabu, 47, lived in Rancho Palos Verdes. He was a right-handed pitcher on the Yankees' 1998 and 1999 world champion teams. He pitched 11 years in Japan before joining the Yankees in July 1997 with a $12 million contract. In 2000 and 2001, Irabu pitched for the Montreal Expos and concluded his career on July 12, 2002 with the Texas Rangers.
He was 34-35 in the majors with a 5.15 earned run average and 405 strike outs.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM